Authorities warn against ‘porch pirates’ this holiday season

first_imgAs the craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday pass, many people are receiving deliveries to their homes in the coming weeks and authorities are warning of the possibility for stolen packages. Not only did she lose the gift, but said, “it hits your heart really hard, especially the fact that my parents were saving it up all year and they don’t have a lot of money.” Local Mother Micalya Robertson said she’s fallen victim to this kind of thief, “my mother had been nice enough to save up for the whole year, money, $200, it was on a Walmart gift card and unfortunately while I was at work one day, somebody stole it out of my mailbox.” “One of the best ways that people can protect themselves is just through tracking their packages, knowing when things are going to be delivered,” Barcek added. (WBNG) — Authorities are warning against ‘porch pirates’ as you order gifts this holiday season. Detective Barcek said delivering packages to work is a good way to avoid package thieves. Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Barcek said, “you’re always going to see an increase in the amount of larcenies around this time because people are getting more stuff delivered to them.” “You can also have them diverted to a facility for those companies where you could then pick them up which is the safest way,” he added.center_img He says the so-called ‘porch pirates’ are not shy this time of year. Now, Robertson doesn’t send packages to her home, but rather her work. Since that change, she’s been holiday theft-free. Officials recommend keeping you property well-lit and said cameras can be helpful. “We’ve seen these criminals being so brazen, they’ll come out in broad daylight and just take things.” If you think a package of yours was stolen, authorities say first check with your carrier to make sure it was brought to the right address. If your package was stolen, get in touch with police as soon as possible.last_img read more

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St. James, St. John’s to send off 6th graders with ceremonies

first_img(WBNG) — St. James, St. Johns and all Saints will send off their 6th grade classes with graduation ceremonies. Students, parents and staff will celebrate the students and all ceremonites will take places outdoors and follow New York State Guidance. St. James school in Johnson City will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The graduation mass will be followed by a prayer service.center_img St. Johns in Binghamton will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. A graduation mass will be held followed by a parade around 6:30 p.m.last_img

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“MAKE ME CARE” as the main philosophy in tourism

first_img“Make me care” is a well-known Disney philosophy, which is one of the basics in tourism, or should be because it is about service and care for guests.So at breakfast before the trip, ie leaving the Arena Hospitality Group Park Plaza Verudela in Pula, I received free coffee as a sign of attention with the sentence: “As you hit the road, we treat you to a coffee to stay awake and better monitor traffic. Happy journey and come to us again. “This is not about free coffee or money, but a sign of attention. A sign of attention I didn’t expect. They bought me forever with one “ordinary” coffee. In procurement with a “cost” of one kuna, if not less. This is called effective marketing.The people on the front line of defense are the hotel brand, not the Management. From receptionists, waiters, maids, etc.… they are the real brand of every hotel. And it is precisely this example that is proof of this thesis. That is why this whole situation about the lack of workers in tourism is both ridiculous and tragic. I wonder how we in Croatia got into a situation where people just fell on the scale of values ​​to the last line. The entire tourist system not only examined the last limits of extensibility, but consciously, with all the alarms and alarms, squeezed the gas to the end. The worker, ie the man who is the most valuable resource as well as the key to success in tourism, was at the very bottom of the value.That is exactly why the labor force problem arose. Due to poor working conditions, disrespect for workers, man as well as low wages. People are the key to success in tourism, and in Croatia they are still a cost, so it is imperative to find as cheap labor as possible. Preferably Filipinos, Indians… when we no longer have robots to replace people in hotels. The working atmosphere, respect and working conditions are more important than the amount of salary, but we have fallen at all levels. People are the key to success, and their performance can be above expectations if they are satisfied and happy with working conditions and salary levels. Also, if employees are satisfied with the working environment and atmosphere, they will not go to the competition for “100 kuna” higher salary.Most hoteliers would view this famous coffee as an expense rather than an investment. Of course, if we look at an excel spreadsheet from an office in London, certainly how bookkeeping that coffee is is an expense. But the excel spreadsheet has no emotions and experiences, and there is a big difference from tourism and the real estate business i.e. the tourism industry that watches and draws profits to its limits and then resell the real estate and go to a new locationThe best marketing is peopleTo make things funnier, they bought me one plain coffee.Last year we made over 100 million overnight stays, we had customers in our showroom, did we buy them? Have we met or exceeded their expectations? Have we sold them a story, ie given the motive for their arrival to return to the pre- and post-season? So the season is extended, our guests are there, in our controlled conditions. We just have to tell them the story and it’s nice to wrap up. Also, that’s how tourist spending goes up, you know the story of why there are chocolates and those “little things” right next to the cash register in supermarkets. When you have already spent hundreds of kunas, you still do not see those few kunas as a big expense.It is cheapest to return a strict guest, and that is imperative. Have as many returning guests as possible who are loyal. They are free, there is no cost of marketing and commission, and they are still our brand ambassadors. Of course, this is a long-term process, to complete the whole story, not a sure return on investment in two or three years. But it is also a question of what kind of investors we want in our tourism or what kind of tourism and tourist product we want to have.A sign of attention, the “Make me care” philosophy must be the basis of business in tourism. Let you care about the guests. Let them feel like people, not like numbers. That is exactly the message of this story. It is the best possible marketing, the cheapest and most efficient. People make a difference, while the quality of accommodation is understood according to the categorization of the hotel. And finally, as life sometimes tells strange stories that incredibly match and complement each other, just yesterday a friend called me to recommend him where to spend his summer in Pula. You know my answer – Park Plaza Verudela. Thus, the investment of one kuna is multiplied, all thanks to the people who are at the forefront of the defense of every hotel and the most important resource in tourism.last_img read more

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Oil’s apocalyptic April could reverberate for years to come

first_imgTopics : The demand slump is being exacerbated by former OPEC+ allies Saudi Arabia and Russia pumping as much crude as they can in a battle for market share, heaping additional pressure on shipping, tanks and pipelines. Goldman sees around 20 million barrels a day flowing into storage in April, while IHS Markit expects the world will run out of space to store oil by the middle of the year.Few in the industry will be spared. April is also set to be the worst ever month for global jet fuel demand, while industry consultant FGE forecasts American gasoline consumption will plunge by 50% from a year earlier. Energy Aspects Ltd. predicts global benchmark Brent crude may drop to near $10 a barrel, a level not seen in more than two decades.The April crash sets up a bleak second quarter for the market, potentially causing some producers to go to the wall and destabilizing governments in many OPEC nations. A near-term recovery in prices seems unlikely, with around 70% of 130 respondents to a Bloomberg Intelligence survey saying they see Brent still below $30 a barrel by June.About 70% of Bloomberg Intelligence’s 130 survey respondents see Brent below $30 by June, prior to OPEC’s next meeting. With the world’s biggest economies in lockdown due to Covid-19 and Brent at a 17-year low, a near-term recovery seems unlikely as demand remains in free-fall and Saudi Arabia and Russia entrench supply dominance.While the crisis will see the energy industry finally achieve the restructuring it so badly needs, according to Goldman, the push for de-carbonization could hinder its recovery when demand returns. Oil is entering a period of unparalleled demand destruction this month that promises to transform the industry for years to come.Daily consumption will plummet by 15 million to 22 million barrels in April from a year earlier, according to estimates from some of the world’s most influential energy analysts. The crash has already led to refiners slashing processing, drillers halting output and storage tanks swelling across the world.“This will likely be a game-changer for the industry,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts including Jeffrey Currie and Damien Courvalin said in a March 30 note. “It is impossible to shut down that much demand without large and persistent ramifications to supply.”last_img read more

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Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote

first_imgThe 67-year-old will survey a display of modern military might involving over 13,000 troops, with more than 20 items of hardware on show for the first time including Tosochka flame-throwers, T-90M tanks and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile systems.Vintage vehicles such as the workhorse T-34 tank will also be on display and some troops will wear World War II uniforms.Putin, whose two-year-old brother died as Nazis encircled Leningrad, has sought to associate his regime with the most revered aspect of the Soviet era: wartime victory.Ahead of the parade, he slammed the West for “insulting Russia” by playing down the USSR’s role in winning the war.While Putin has pushed for the parade, some have voiced fears over the risk of infection, with mass public events still formally banned in Moscow.The event will see troops from 13 countries including China and India marching and more than 200 military vehicles rolling down central streets. ‘Historic truth’ More than a dozen Russian cities and regions have opted not to hold parades on the same day, citing virus risks, although events will go ahead in cities including Saint Petersburg and Volgograd.Showing jitters, both Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov have advised people to watch it on television rather than attend in person.”Why in hell are you holding it if you don’t recommend going?” top opposition politician Alexei Navalny asked in a live blog.At rehearsals, troops were wearing masks and rubber gloves but they will not do so on the day, an army source told AFP.Preference was given to troops with virus antibodies, the defense ministry said.Seated at intervals in the stands will be veterans who have been quarantined ahead of the event in sanatoriums, Putin’s spokesman Peskov said.French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are among international leaders who were initially set to attend but have since cancelled.However, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe are expected to be there.Putin has angered some by fast-tracking the parade and the constitution vote while he remains carefully shielded from the virus.The opposition slammed him for timing the vote to benefit from a mood of patriotism straight after the parade.Navalny questioned why “this fraudulent, fake vote has to be dressed up with victory celebrations and victory symbols like tinsel”.One Moscow billboard urging Russians to vote shows a little girl in World War II uniform with the slogan: “We’ll protect the memory of our ancestors.”The constitutional amendments proposed by Putin include one honoring war victims and defending “historic truth”. Thousands of Russian troops will march in Moscow on Wednesday as President Vladimir Putin brushes off virus fears to host a World War II commemoration ahead of a crucial vote on his rule.The military display in Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War II had been scheduled for May 9 but the Kremlin postponed it citing requests from veterans, as coronavirus cases shot up.Putin rescheduled the event as soon as lockdown measures eased, keen to move on from an outbreak that has hit his country hard. With more than 8,000 recorded fatalities and around 580,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections, Russia has the pandemic’s third largest caseload after the United States and Brazil.The parade coincides with the anniversary of the first post-war parade on Red Square, which saw Soviet troops throw down Nazi standards in front of the Lenin mausoleum on June 24, 1945.It comes just a week ahead of a national vote on constitutional amendments that would allow Putin, in power since 2000, to reset his term-limit clock to zero and stay in the Kremlin until 2036.The parade will be Putin’s first major appearance in public since the pandemic, after he attended an open-air flag-raising ceremony on June 12. Topics :last_img read more

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Belships Signs Merger Plan with Lighthouse Group

first_imgNorway-based bulk ship operator Belships has signed a merger plan with the Lighthouse Companies.Under the plan agreed on October 4, 2018, Belships’ subsidiary Belships Chartering AS will assume the assets, rights and obligations of the Lighthouse Companies, against issuance of consideration shares in Belships.The development comes almost three months after Belships’ majority shareholder, Sonata AS, entered into a deal to sell 30.2% of its share in the company to Kontrari and the subsequent merger of Kontrari’s subsidiaries (the Lighthouse Companies) and subsidiaries of Belships.The completion of the merger and the issuance of the consideration shares are expected to take place before year-end 2018, subject to the conditions for completion being fulfilled, Belships explained.last_img read more

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20-M Filipinos to be provided with free COVID-19 vaccine

first_img“DOH will put this in their budget, they will pay this P20 billion in two to three years, babayaran nila thru financing ng Landbank at DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines),” Dominguez said. Duterte said that poor Filipinos receiving government assistance will be the first to be given a vaccine against COVID-19 when it is already available followed by middle-income citizens, military and police. It will be the military who will implement the free COVID-19 vaccine giving. Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said during a Malacañang briefing aired yesterday morning that the government is capable of financing P20 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines. Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the Philippine government is capable of financing P20 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines for at least 20 million poor Filipinos. WSJ According to Dominguez, the COVID-19 vaccines will be purchased via Philippine International Trading Corporation under the Department of Trade and Industry which will turnover the vaccine to DOH. MANILA – At least 20 million Filipinos will be provided with free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine, which President Rodrigo Duterte said is expected to be ready by December. “May three pharmaceutical companies na po sa China, one from Great Britain, one from the US na nasa advanced stage na. By around October, matatapos ang trials, so before December, most likely maa-approve ito ng Food and Drug Administration nila,” he said. “Ang una talaga ‘yung mga tao sa listahan na tumatanggap ng assistance sa gobyerno. Ngayon, pangalawa, ‘yung middle income. Libre ito, hindi ko ito ipagbili,” Duterte said. “‘Yung mga upper income bumili na lang kayo.” The President also said that drug pushers and drug lords will not be given COVID-19 vaccine, while it could be made available for the New People’s Army if they would “stop fighting” state forces during the health crisis./PNlast_img read more

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Pirates Hoops Duo Named Indiana AP All-State Basketball 1st Team

first_imgThe 2013-14 Indiana AP All-State Basketball 1st Team was released.The team is led by Mr. Basketball, Trey Lyles, from The 4A Champs Indianapolis Tech.  Also on the team includes Trevon Bluiett from The 2A Champs Park Tudor; James Blackmon, Jr. from Marion; and two members of The two-time 3A State Champs Greensburg Pirates, Sean Sellers and Bryant McIntosh.Congrats to Sean Sellers and Bryant McIntosh from The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI!last_img

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Gregory Frank Meyer, 61

first_imgGregory Frank Meyer, 61, passed away on October 28, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born on November 3, 1957 in Batesville, Indiana the son of Leon and Marie Darlene (Freeland) Meyer.  Greg was a 1976 graduate of Greensburg Community High School.  He got a Bachelor of Art History from Indiana University in 1981.  He worked at the Greensburg Public Library.  Greg was a member of the Historical Society and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He liked to help people with their family genealogy.Survivors include: Father, Leon Meyer; Mother, Darlene Meyer; Sisters, Christy (Mike) Bokelman and Suzie (Paul) Ritter; Nieces, Ashley (Josh) Snapp, Abby Bokelman, Jennifer (Jason) Stiemann and Lily Ritter; Nephew, David Bokelman; Great Nieces and Nephews, Ryan, Carter, Ellie, Taylah, Cathan and Rowan.Rosary will be prayed at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 9:30 am. A Memorial Mass will start at 10:00 am. Father John Meyer will be officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family ask that you honor Greg by donating to the Greensburg Public Library.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

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Van der Sar backs Van Persie

first_img He added: “And he is still one of the best players in the Premier League.” If there is any team Van Persie can feel confident about breaking his duck against it is Stoke. He has scored seven goals in his last five games against the struggling Potteries outfit, including one in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in October. Indeed, United as a whole can feel reasonably confident about a visit to the Britannia Stadium. After all, since Stoke returned to the top flight in 2008, United have won eight of their nine meetings, drawing the other one and with Tony Pulis’ men so out of form, it would be a major surprise if a previously unstoppable title drive stalled again so quickly after Monday’s reverse. “If Manchester United had won on Monday that would have been it,” said Van der Sar. “That result would have hurt, as it always does when United lose a game. “But the only way to get over it is to focus on the next one. The title is almost over and that is the prize they really want. Over the years United have had some good results at Stoke and they are more than capable of doing it again.” Edwin van der Sar insists Robin van Persie has nothing to reproach himself for despite his barren streak extending into double figures. Press Associationcenter_img It is now 10 games since Van der Sar scored his last goal for Manchester United, against Everton at Old Trafford on February 10. Since then the Red Devils have crashed out of both the Champions League and the FA Cup and on Monday were beaten by Manchester City to see their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to 12 points. But Van der Sar insists his fellow Dutchman need not be concerned about his contribution and said: “Robin is playing well. All he is not doing is scoring goals. As a striker, all you want to do is score. But he has done his bit during the first and middle portions of the season.” last_img read more

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